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Everything posted by Leo1951

  1. Probably around 1977.
  2. Remember that Page had his LPs wired to split the coils on his Burstbuckers to get the sound of the Telecaster that he used on Led Zepplin I, II and parts of III & IV. For example, Page used a Tele on "Stairway to Heaven." So you may want a Page Signature LP or you can have coil taps added to your LP. On his Signature, Gibson installs Jimmy Page BurstBucker in the bridge. Here are the specs on Page's LP: http://www2.gibson.com/Products/Electric-Guitars/Les-Paul/Gibson-Custom/Jimmy-Page-Number-Two-Les-Paul/Specs.aspx
  3. If you knew anything about the history of those players that I posted (Greenwood, Rhodes, Van Halen...), you would know that we are saying the same thing: "Some of the greatest players in the world know a helluva lot about theory." It is also true that some of the greatest players didn't have much formal education in music theory.
  4. Gibson made some great LPs in 1990.
  5. I don't think that most guitar players who learn chords and scales think of it as music theory. It is music practice.
  6. Just buy any Standard 60s 70s or 80s LP with PAFs. I would pass on P-90
  7. Much prefer Greenwood, Rhodes, Van Halen, Hendrix, Page, Clapton, Allman, Betts, Lee, Carlton, Atkins, Paul, Vai, Richards, Bloomfield, Stills, Walsh, Winter, Simon etc.
  8. It all started in Mississippi Delta Blues them moved to Memphis Sun Studios. Then to Chicago. Then to Liverpool and London.
  9. Methinks U doth protest too much and U R loaded with conceit but very little humility. Methinks U R also Full of It! But hey that's just my "theory."
  10. Did Miles & Zawinul ever discuss music theory? I doubt it. I doubt that Zawinul, Shorter and Jaco theorized about any of "Heavy Weather." They simply recorded masterpieces that Theoriticians could analyze later.
  11. Exactly! I studied Music Theory for years, but I rarely give it a thought when I am writing a song. In fact the only time I ever think about theory is when I am discussing it with my Daughter who studies Music Theory at the Nashville School of the Arts.
  12. Gibson/Kramer put out a Semi Double Cutaway under the Kramer brand that is virtually identical to the Trini Lopez. I forget the model name.
  13. LP for sure, prefer the tone, but to satisfy my SG fix which I prefer for slide, I got a 1275 Doubleneck.
  14. My 422s came with a sticker that reads: "Quad Rails were designed in the USA..." I don't know where they were made but they are great PUPs. Keep in mind that most of the necks and bodies of the best 80s Kramers were made in Japan and Korea and assembled in New Jersey.
  15. U probably got banned for posting good things about your Showster or Gibson/Kramers. Those guys over there are obsessed. Very Few of them own Showsters and they hate Gibson/Kramers because the Gibson/Kramers are better than most of the 80s Kramers, except for the Showster, of course, and consequently the Gibson/Kramers are driving down the prices of their 80s Kramers.
  16. 1. Kramer Showster -- The sleekest most beautifully designed Kramer that I have ever seen. 2. Kramer StageMaster -- Beautifully designed guitar that Gibson/Kramer has recently re-issued with the SM1 brand. 3. Gibson/Kramer FR 422. The 422 is simply a fantastic guitar. The Gibson Designed body is excellent. The necks are great! The Gibson Designed Rail-PUPs are excellent.
  17. Bunch of ripoff cons over there trying to rip off the unsuspecting selling their crappy 80s kramers. With the exception of the Kramer Showster, Gibson/Kramer makes much better guitars. I was banned from over there simply for posting good reviews of Gibson/Kramers.
  18. Smashing SGs, I'll never forgive him for that.
  19. The tone of a LP is incomparable, but I prefer a SG for slide.
  20. Leo1951

    2001 Kramer FR422

    Found this FR 424 review over at Vintage Kramer. Not a 422 but the reviewer had great things to say about the Quads, the Neck, the Body & yes even the LFR: http://www.vintagekramer.com/musicyoStriker424.htm "I had long been a critic of Musicyo making guitars that weren’t in line with the old Kramer production models. I had questioned the price, and immediately dismissed these guitars as cheap import models that compared to the overseas Jackson, Ibanez, or ESP models. I have been convinced I was totally wrong; I was very delighted when I first tried out the Striker Custom. Not only is it a great value for the money, it looks sharp too! The body features a thin profile compared to most standard thickness bodies. It has the “thinness” of an Ibanez model, however, it does have a little more wood. The shape is reminiscent of the old Kramer Stagemasters... The neck is stellar... very comfortable in the hands of an old Kramer die-hard like me. Immediately after I discovered the familiarity, I got out my maple on maple banana headstock neck from 1985. They compare almost identically except for the addition of the 2 frets on the Striker model It reminds me so much of my 85 Baretta that if I shut my eyes, I’d swear that’s what I was playing... The Quad Rail pickups... have a nice “hot” sound that compares to my Dimarzio Tone Zone that I have installed in another guitar... when I engaged the D-Tuna and used the bridge Quad Rail, it was "balls to the wall" all the way. It rocks!!! The licensed Floyd Rose is pretty darn sturdy ... with bridge saddles that match an Original Floyd Rose. The setup on the bridge was excellent too; it features a perfect spring tension to make dive bombs and vibrato effortless..."
  21. In 1985 & 1986, Kramer was the best selling Guitar Brand in the World. Thank U God! I bought my Gibson 335 in 1985 for $400 from a guy who sold it to buy a Kramer. I doubt that Kramer will ever outsell Gibson or Fender again, not because they aren't great guitars, but because most kids can't deal with a Floyd Rose.
  22. Few owners of Gibson/Kramer FR422's are dumb enough to sell them. The FR422 is one of the best Kramers ever made. Unfortunately, the original Kramer Company ruined the Kramer reputation by selling a bunch of crappy plywood guitars before they went bankrupt. The last great guitar made by Kramer was the American Showster, less than 1000 were made and yet Kramer couldn't sell them because they had ruined the Kramer brands reputation. Kramer went bankrupt. Gibson bought them and made some great guitars, but I guess the bad rep was just too much to overcome. The other problem with all FR guitars is that few guitarists can set up a Floyd Rose properly and techs don't like to work on them because it takes too much time to set a FR up and there time is money. So techs bad mouth FRs. As you know once you get a Gibson/Kramer FR set up, it stays in tune forever with a little fine tuning now and then. Just hold on to your 422. You got a Gem!
  23. I have a Showster and best case is On Stage Stands Tweed for $40 at Guitar Center, but TKL etc will fit it too. The Showster is the last great Guitar made by the original Kramer Co. Less than a 1000 were made so they are very very rare. My Showster is the best Kramer that I have ever played.
  24. Leo1951

    2001 Kramer FR422

    I just wanted to Check-in after 10+ years of owning 2 2001 Kramer FR422's and say that they are great guitars. I have owned 80s Kramers so I have a basis of comparison. The Gibson/Kramers are every bit as good as the originals. Don't be fooled by the BS about the Licensed Floyd Roses not being as good as the originals. Not true the FRs on the 422s stay in tune as well as the originals. Don't be fooled by the BS about the Quad Rails & Dual Rails not being good. I have a variety of Gibson, Duncan & Dimarzios installed in my guitars. The Gibson/Kramer rails may not be quite as good as the aforementioned but they are pretty damn close. To be 100% Objective, I did a comparision of all my Kramers: SOUND I did not include my 422 Evo in the mix and I only evaluated in the middle position because I wanted the comparision to be of the overall balance of all the PUPs. The best sound is the Showster hands down. I am a SuperStrat fan and the Showster has the best overall SuperStrat sound probably because it has single coils but I think Excellente was on to something with the metal loading. I wish that Gibson would re-issue the Showster but I doubt that it will ever happen. Next best is the ProAxe of course. Excellent Pups in this baby. And yes the 422 Stock comes in 3rd, but not bad for a guitar that I only paid $170 for new. SUSTAIN Not even close. The Showster has best sustain hands down. Years ago I timed the sustain on all my guitars. Of course, my Gibson Les Paul had the best sustain but the Showster came in second followed by my Doubleneck. Excellente's metal loading made a big difference because the Showster has the thinest body of any of my guitars but the best sustain next to my LP. It must be the metal loading. Surprisely my 422s have almost as much sustain as my ProAxe. NECKS This was a close call because I love the ProAxe Ebony fretboard but I don't like the reverse headstock. I prefer the 22 Fret Neck on the Showster, but I like the maple Fretboard on the 422 better than the rosewood on the Showster. I like the shape of the ProAxe and Showster necks better than the 422s but the 422 neck is pretty damn close. BODIES Not even close. Showster hands down. The ultra thin body on the Showster is simply the best guitar body that I have ever felt, seen or played. FINISH Not even close, the 422s have the best finish of any of my Kramers. The Metallic Red Paint is dazzling. If inspected by the anal retentive among us, I am sure they would find slight imperfections in the body cavities that would drive them crazy but most people think my 422s are the best looking guitars that I own and I own some good looking Fenders and Gibsons. PUPS This is not a fair comparision because I installed the Dimarzio EVO in my #1 422, but the EVO is my favorite PUP for a SuperStrat. Vai knows his stuff! Next fav PUP Trembucker, then JB. ELECTRONICS The Switches and pots on the ProAxe & Showster feel more solid, but I prefer the coil tap on the 422s. TREMS I saved this for last since I know certain people are going to freak out but I prefer the Trem on the 422s. Why? because my 422s almost always stay in tune while I have to fine tune my ProAxe and Showster. No big deal and maybe it is because the ProAxe and Showster Trems are 10+ years older, but it is a simple objective fact that my 422s stay more precisely in tune.
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